PSG 2 Man City 0: Messi scores first PSG goal after Gueye screamer as Pep’s men rue missed chances in Champions League
IT was the sort of match Pep Guardiola probably wouldn’t have minded losing all that much.
A match you could have imagined Guardiola and his old Barcelona amigo Lionel Messi choreographing as some sort of retro tiki-taka tribute night.
It was football as an art form. Football as showbiz. They could have staged it at the Louvre or the Moulin Rouge rather than here at the Parc des Princes.
And especially given that Manchester City and PSG will both surely qualify from this Champions League group anyway, Guardiola might have allowed himself to stand back and admire the gorgeousness of Messi’s goal.
This was the least important of City’s three A-list away matches this week – sandwiched between a victory at Chelsea and Sunday’s trip to Liverpool.
So why not just enjoy the show? Testimonial football played at a thundering tempo by some of the finest footballers on the planet.
Yes, two teams funded by Middle Eastern petrochemical billions – but sometimes you want to switch off from talking about fuel and enjoy the spirit of playground football, with a cast of Hollywood players.